sample has definitions from the fields of mathematics,statistics
[ noun ] a small part of something intended as representative of the whole

Used in print

(Gibson Winter, The Suburban Captivity of the...)

In a sample of new members of Pittsburgh churches , almost 60 per_cent were recruited by initial `` contacts with friendly members '' .

(Raymond J. Corsini et al., Roleplaying in Business...)

Each person was to enter the testing_room , carrying a suitcase of samples .

(A.L. Kroeber, "Semantic Contribution of Lexicostatistic...)

The differentiation however is not very_much greater , as shown by the fact that Athabascan shows 3.46 stems per meaning slot as against 2.75 for Yokuts , with a slightly greater number of languages represented in our sample : 24 as against 21 .

[ noun ] (mathematics,statistics) items selected from a population and used to test hypotheses about the population

Used in print

(David Boroff, "Jewish Teen-Age Culture"...)

They discovered that , although 42 per_cent of a sample of Catholic students and 15 per_cent of the Protestants believed it important to live in accordance with the teachings of their religion , only 8 per_cent of the Jewish students had this conviction .

(Jesse W. Grimes and Wesley Allinsmith, "Compuls...)

In_order to equate the samples on socioeconomic status , we chose schools in both cities on the basis of socioeconomic status of the neighborhoods .

For purposes of sample selection only ( individual tests were given later ) we obtained group test scores of reading achievement and intelligence from school records of the entire third grade population in each school_system .

Children whose reading scores were at_least one standard_deviation below the regression_line of each total third grade school population were considered under-achievers for the purposes of sample selection .

The final sample was not significantly different from a normal_distribution in regard_to reading achievement or intelligence_test scores .

[ verb ] take a sample of


taste try try_out


"Try these new crackers" "Sample the regional dishes"

Used in print

(The Miami Herald...)

( Which is understandable - if you 've ever sampled the exotic , peppery fare ) .

(The Christian Science Monitor,...)

The last program of_this festival , which during two_weeks had sampled most compositional categories , brought the Cologne_Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester and Rundfunkchor to Bonn 's gold-filled hall for a performance of the Missa_Solemnis .

(Frank Lorimer, Demographic Information on...)

Higher proportions were sampled in urban and mixed communities than in rural_areas .

[ adjective ] serving as typical examples


"a sample question"

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[ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 2212
[ noun ] all or part of a natural object that is collected and preserved as an example of its class